3 MAY 2018 10:10
Julian Godfrey will take a three point lead into the third round of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at Croft Circuit (6 May) when he contests the event in a Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar.
The five-time British Rallycross Champion has led the series from the very beginning – having scored maximum points at the opening round at Silverstone and then finishing second last time out at Lydden Hill.
Having not raced the Mirage RX Supercar before this year, the experienced Heathfield-based driver has been helping the Llandysul-based team fine-tune the car – which is powered by a 600bhp, four-cylinder, 16 value, transverse 2-litre turbocharged engine, prepared by Julian Godfrey Engineering. Since its last outing at Lydden Hill, the team has been concentrating on the front suspension geometry, making fine adjustments to make it turn in even better and corner even faster.
It will be another highly competitive race meeting at the 1400 metre long North Yorkshire track, as the Supercar line-up is made up of all British RX race winners.
“We’ve already shown that there is an awful lot of potential with the Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar and even though we are leading the British Rallycross Championship, we are continuing to work on improving it,” said Godrey. “For example, we’ll arrive at Croft with a revised front suspension geometry, which will improve the car’s traction through the corners. The Mirage RX certainly has a lot of power and is very quick off the line – which will be an advantage at Croft, as it’s the only circuit in the British series that doesn’t have a Joker Lap. That makes it very difficult to make up places, but Croft does have a long start straight, so if you have a car that puts the power down and gets off the line well, like the Mirage does, then you have the chance of gaining a few places before the first corner. I’ve not had the best of meetings at Croft in reason years and left there having to chase the pack in the drivers’ standings – so it’s nice to go to Croft this year on a high and aiming to maintain our lead in the series.”
“We’re delighted to be leading the British Rallycross Championship heading to the third round in Croft,” added Spencer Sport Team Manager Charlie Jukes. “We’re working extremely well with Julian to fine-tune the Mirage RX Supercar, and what we are achieving is clear to see in the race results and the championship points standings. It was originally going to be a one-off outing at Silverstone with Julian, but after such good performances there and at Lydden Hill, we all wanted to go to Croft to try and maintain our championship lead. It’s going to be another highly competitive rallycross meeting and we’re going there confident of scoring another good result.”
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